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NYX eyeshadow Dupes for MAC shadows/REVIEW

Updated on July 22, 2012


As many of you know, it's not always easy to buy high end makeup products. Oftentimes, it's overpriced, hard to reach, and overwhelming. With this article, hopefully many of you will come to realize that although expensive products are often higher quality, there are many "dupes" that work just as well.

From past experience, eyeshadows tend to be the most easily replaced. There are tons of reputable brands such as Maybelline and NYX that have many similar colors to MAC eyeshadows. NYX also offers high quality pigmented lip glosses that are comparable to those of MAC.

In this article, I will be focusing on NYX shadows as to give you a preview on just how similar they really are. They have a wide collection, ranging from sheer light colors to bold matte colors. There are all sorts of varieties to satisfy even the most daring makeup artist.



MAC Cranberry: NYX Rust
MAC Amber Lights: NYX Golden
MAC Carbon: NYX Black
MAC Juxt or Golden Olive: NYX Springleaf
MAC Girl Meets Boy: NYX Antique Gold
MAC Swish: NYX Spring Flower
MAC Parrot: NYX Ocean
MAC All That Glitters: NYX Champagne
MAC Naked lunch: NYX Sahara
MAC Vellum: NYX Opal
MAC Rose Blanc: NYX Highlight
MAC Beautiful Iris: NYX Frosted Lilac
MAC Electric Eel: NYX Irises
MAC Hepcat: NYX Violet
MAC Humid: NYX Mermaid Green
MAC Nocturnelle: NYX Beauty Queen
MAC Parfait Amour: NYX Purple
MAC Passionate: NYX Cherry or Red Head
MAC Star n' Rockets: NYX Luxor

MAC Satin Taupe: NYX Iced Mocha

MAC Electra: NYX silver
MAC Aquadisiac: NYX Jade (better than the MAC one)
MAC Satellite Dreams: NYX purple
MAC freshwater: NYX Atlantic
MAC Down Brown: NYX Dark Brown
MAC Gesso: NYX White
MAC Sketch: NYX Sensual

Note: Some of these shadows may be discontinued or hard to reach. These are not exact dupes but are similar enough that you can replace them easily.

The Review....

Obviously, the MAC shadows are of better quality. With that being said, NYX comes very close to being the same quality. The colors are highly pigmented and come off as vibrant without need of a base/primer. Using one however will result in the color lasting longer and appearing more bright. The MAC shadows are better in texture, for example there's no chalky powdery feeling that one gets with cheaper makeup. Some of the NYX shadows are dry to the touch and don't show up on the eyelid as on an arm swatch, so i would beware of that. Overall, i think the two are comparable. For someone who uses primarily brown/bronze colors, i would invest in MAC basic shadows such as woodwinked, bisque, satin taupe, etc. However, if you are adventurous, i see no reason to send 3x as much, so you should simply buy NYX. The brighter colors are super pigmented and blend easily. NYX, good job with your formula :)


First off, i LOVE the packaging. I think it's really sleek and professional looking. One downside is that it doesn't come in a pan so you can't easily put it in cases like the MAC ones. However, because it has a lid you can carry a few colors easily, they're very compact. The eyeshadow itself is finely milded, and for it's price( about $3), i feel that it's well worth it.


There are several ways in which you can buy NYX products..

1.) Go to any Ulta store or go on the online website (

2.) Go on** (

** Oftentimes, cherryculture has sales and cheaper prices than on ULTA.


Note: These photographs were not taken by me nor anyone i personally know. They were taken from online, and approppriate credit will be given. These are all NYX single eyeshadows.

These pictures are not my own, were not taken by me and i am not affiliated with these in any way. They were taken from ModestlyBeauty, a fashion and beauty blog.
These pictures are not my own, were not taken by me and i am not affiliated with these in any way. They were taken from ModestlyBeauty, a fashion and beauty blog. | Source


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      BADgrrl 4 years ago

      You do know that NYX is made by MAC, right? My understanding is that NYX was designed to appeal to drugstore buyers and younger consumers while delivering "almost" MAC quality.

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      Vieenrose 5 years ago

      Hey Redberry Sky! I totally agree, the cost can really add up.. Which is why we should try to find alternatives in the drugstore :) your right in that its sometimes of a lower quality.. Oh well it's simply a matter of trial and error. Glad you liked the picture! NYX has some decent glosses(mega shine) so if you're into that I would check it out!

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Hi vieenrose, I love the top of the range products, but they can be awfully expensive, so I'm with you - although there are a couple of downsides to getting the less expensive ones, it's definitely worth experimenting - it can really save money, and I have found a couple of cheaper options that I really love! I like the way you've set out which colours match up to each other between the two brands - I'll be giving the NYX brand a try :)